School of Transborder Studies


At the center of expertise and action, we make borders human.

The School of Transborder Studies, the only one of its kind in the United States, promotes academic excellence and social change by developing cutting-edge interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the populations of the U.S.-Mexico transborder space and beyond. We affect social change by developing and nurturing integrated scholarship and teaching, leading to more successful and sustainable transborder communities.


Inspire and Empower

Our current students and alumni are committed to transforming our society and are developing a better understanding of the complexity of contemporary societies in the 21st century.

Our mission is to inspire and empower students with an innovative learning experience that prepares them to be agents of change in a challenging environment where cultural, social, political, and economic borders are inevitably crossed by people both within and across communities in the context of a globalized world.

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2018-2019 PTC Seed Grant - Call for Proposals Now Open

The Program for Transborder Communities (PTC) is now accepting applications for Research Cluster Seed Grants and Individual Research Seed Grants to support development of proposals for external funding in the interdisciplinary field of transborder studies. We welcome any application exploring transborder communities and critical social, cultural, economic, political and environmental processes occurring at the intersection of borders and society.

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. MT.

Read more and download an application at



DREAMzone at ASU | DACA & Undocumented Student Resources

DREAMzone will continue to support DACA and undocumented students at ASU by offering a venue for students to go to for assistance and support. Students can walk-in to meet with DREAMzone staff during DREAMzone Office Hours in a safe space at the School of Transborder Studies. Students may also contact DREAMzone to make an appointment if these hours do not work with their schedule.


DREAMzone office hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:00 – 4:00pm.

Located at STS, Interdisciplinary Building B (Between MU and Student Services)

B161A (Small conference room).





Association for Borderlands Studies

Founded in 1976, ABS is the leading international scholarly association dedicated to the systematic study and exchange of ideas, information and analysis of international border, and the processes and communities engendered by such borders.

ABS is currently housed and maintained by the School of Transborder Studies.